Collaboration and Diversity in NYC
So some of you may or may not know that I am friends with Buck Angel. I also know that some of you might not like that. It’s cool. I also know many more don’t care at all that’s fine too. I’m just putting this out there so you are hearing it from me. Buck and I have been chatting about working together to make Sexing The Transman3.
Lots of good things and bad things were said about the first two films. I also had some issue with the lack of representation of different colors of people and different body sizes, but I have an issue with MOST everything that doesn’t portray real people of color or size…. Everyday all the time. So I understand. Difference is, I’m doing something about it. I am a public figure if only to show others like me that it is possible-you can do ANYTHING and live your out, queer, kinky life no matter your size or color or gender. That’s where I stand as IMsL, it’s who I am for the world.
Me collaborating with Buck Angel is just more of that. I’m leading and inspiring by example, I’m being the change I want to see, I am bringing diversity and making it real not a quota. Finding a way to reach as many people as possible at once, is more effective than me speaking one on one or sending an email or tweeting my outrage.
In sexing the transman 2 Buck got a lot of hate about how he portrayed the few POC he was able to cast.
I was angry that the people in our community shut him down without even knowing, or bothering to ask, about what it takes to make a film such as his.
What I am talking about and what is in the way of having that mystical diverse cast, is such a larger issue than just weather or not he put a black guy in a movie. If you know anything about black culture you wouldn’t ask why there aren’t any, you would ask how can you can help.
Before you start pointing out all the things that you think are wrong, please think about this: what do you know about black culture?
How are black children raised?
What things might a POC lose by putting themselves ‘out there like that’?
People lose their lives, families, friends over being queer/trans/black everyday.
Black culture, for example, has a lot of judgements on top of still healing from the aftershocks of slavery and the vice of racism.
Most people aren’t going to turn their back on everything they know, to be in a porno no matter how groundbreaking.
Let’s look at the Black Lesbian community for a moment; how many studs do you know that might benefit from learning about possibly being trans but don’t even know how to ask because it’s already hard enough to be a lesbian in a more rigid binary of AG/Femme than being hetero?
Its already a difficult journey to walk as a trans person. Bad stereotypes of’ trannies’ are some of the only examples of trans people that some POC have. Other examples my be victims of violence and or abuse.
Ok, so now you have thought about all these things.
Would you give up your life for a (small) paycheck?
Having considered all the connotations that trans and Porn bring up for your avg queer POC in anywhere USA, would YOU put yourself in that position? Who would you expect to show up to your casting call? How would you as the creator, handle getting the message that you are trying to convey, or making the most diverse film possible?
Remember its a privilege to be in Porn and not everyone thinks it’s worth that risk of losing everything.
(I know we all come from different backgrounds, and stories, and histories, and trauma. This is NOT the truth, I am speaking from MY point of view from MY experiences. All I’m saying is to ASK before you judge. Get INFORMATION before you come to a conclusion. Look at where YOU can make a difference and ACTIONS you can take to
see that change instead of bring down the ones who are making the attempt. Working TOGETHER is how we will rise above all the petty drama and make a dent in the consciousness of America so it won’t be as hard for the ones who come after us.)